‘Hell planet’ orbits its star every 17.5 hours

The surface of 55 Cnc e, known as the "hell planet," is so hot (roughly 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit) that its surface is an ocean of lava.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Dec. 9, 2022 ~5 min

Arrakhis: the tiny satellite aiming to reveal what dark matter is made of

By spotting and counting tiny galaxies, we can work out how much dark matter is hiding in the cosmos.

Andreea Font, Reader in Theoretical Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Dec. 9, 2022 ~7 min


Webb telescope reaches new milestone in its search for distant galaxies

New findings confirm that JWST has surpassed the Hubble telescope in its ability to observe the early Universe

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 9, 2022 ~6 min

China's new space station opens for business in an increasingly competitive era of space activity

China has completed construction of the Tiangong space station, and science projects are now underway. The station is an important piece of China’s ambitious plans for space activity in coming years.

Scott Shackelford, Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University • conversation
Dec. 9, 2022 ~9 min

Study: Without more data, a black hole’s origins can be “spun” in any direction

Current measurements of black holes are not enough to nail down how the invisible giants form in the universe, researchers say.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 9, 2022 ~7 min

Webb Telescope reveals distant planet’s atmosphere

Thanks to the new James Webb Space Telescope, astronomers are getting a clearer picture of an exoplanet about 700 light years away.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 7, 2022 ~9 min

New attack could’ve threatened spaceflight

Researchers have exposed a major vulnerability in a networking technology widely used in spacecraft, aircraft, and energy generation systems.

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 2, 2022 ~6 min

New attack could’ve threatened spaceflight

Researchers have exposed a major vulnerability in a networking technology widely used in spacecraft, aircraft, and energy generation systems.

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 2, 2022 ~6 min


Chinese Space Program Has Historic Week

VOA Learning English • voa
Dec. 1, 2022 ~3 min

Mysteriously bright flash is a black hole jet pointing straight toward Earth, astronomers say

The observations could illuminate how supermassive black holes feed and grow.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 30, 2022 ~6 min

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